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SI Grammar and Spelling Lab
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How many times have you seen incorrect grammatical constructions/spelling errors on SI that set your teeth on edge? That tempted you to send a rude note to the offender(s)?

Conversely: how many times have you posted a message, wondering whether the way you are expressing yourself may actually sabotage what you are trying to express?

This thread is devoted to detailing & discussing common irritating errors, with the hope of eradicating them once and for all.

Let's start with "it's" for "its." Folks -- "it's" is a contraction for "it is." "Its" is a possessive pronoun. EXAMPLE: "It's nice that the stock has hit its all-time high."

The source of this confusion is pretty clear. Possessives usually use an apostrophe, as in "John's hat," "the girl's dress," or (plural), "the girls' dresses." But where the possessive of "it" is concerned, remember -- no apostrophe! Please!

More to come!
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4527"reunion revents" should be "reunion events" Not only do I Valuepro-June 18
4526Having just leared of the passing of an acquaintance from my years living on TaiValuepro-June 18
4525How the ‘Underground Grammarian’ Taught Me to Tell Reason from Rubbish quillettTom Clarke-June 16
4524Little Berkeley, aka Tucson, has become too spread out for my taste. And with UValuepro-March 6
4523One year we drove from Tucson, where my in laws liked to spend the winter (nice DMaA-March 6
4522The Colorado Plateau is the plains above the Grand Canyon. It is comprised of aValuepro-March 6
4521I would gravitate to the plateau. I like trees.DMaA-March 6
4520Yeah, it seems that way, but it's what makes travel between different parts Valuepro-March 6
4519Finding mistakes in my posts is cheap. <gg> Flagstaff and Phoenix seem liDMaA-March 6
4518"Plus commas are cheap." I nearly laughed out loud, but then I thoughValuepro-March 6
4517Plus commas are cheap.DMaA-March 5
4516I will go with the Oxford comma as well. Not using it makes sentences look stiltTom Clarke2March 5
4515That link is working now, thank you. I submit that the referenced appellate couValuepro-March 1
4514That's curious. It worked this morning it's working now. Take That, AP Tom Clarke-March 1
4513A clue might be that Cardiac Output is also abbreviated Q.DMaA-March 1
4512Could "Q" in this case be shorthand for "quantity"? I checkValuepro-March 1
4511The link repeatedly yields the following message, but I'll keep trying. &quValuepro-March 1
4510From Google Translate English Heart - Latin Translations of heart noun FreDMaA-March 1
4509Latin, perhaps?Tom Clarke-March 1
4508You want a mystery? In medicine "Perfusion" is abbreviated "Q&quDMaA-March 1
4507Take That, AP Style! Court of Law Rules The Oxford Comma Necessary thewritelifeTom Clarke1March 1
4506I was making a general observation. It was misplaced. Back on topic, does anyoValuepro-January 17
4505Who put those commas there or am I missing a joke? BTW, thanks for the response diegosan-January 16
4504I don't think it is something that it at all a major story. Its not very impTimF-January 16
4503Perhaps Pompeo should focus more on other things, but the same can be said for CValuepro-January 16
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